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DUBLIN ( –  Ireland’s Catholics are being urged to defund the nation’s taxpayer-funded broadcaster after it televised a mock news report on New Year’s Eve accusing God of raping the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) One television issued a weak apology Saturday but refused to delete the clip from the RTÉ Player online catch-up service, stating that it would attach a warning advising viewers that the material may cause offense.

A screenshot of the clip showing God being arrested for “rape” 

The sacrilegious sketch, which features former RTÉ anchor Aengus Mac Grianna (above) describing God as “the latest figure to be implicated in ongoing sexual harassment scandals,” provoked outrage from Irish Catholics on social media, with over 1,100 formal complaints lodged with RTÉ.

In the clip the newscaster reads: “The five-billion-year-old stood accused of forcing himself on a young middle-eastern migrant and allegedly impregnating her against her will, before being sentenced to two years in prison, with the last 24 months suspended.”

The camera shows “God” dressed in a long white robe and with long white hair and a beard being led away by a member of the Gardaí (Irish police) and shouting: “It was 2,000 years ago.”

The footage ends by reporting that Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year sentence in the United States for rape and sexual assault, has “requested for a retrial in Ireland.”

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